Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Foster parents are an integral part of the child welfare system. They provide temporary care to children who otherwise cannot stay in their homes. They are required to be state or county licensed and each licensing agency has their own requirements including varying hours of training. The literature indicates foster parents do not receive enough training to feel prepared and confident to care for children with increased mental health, behavioral, school-related, cognitive, and peer relationship challenges that foster children often experience (AOTA, 2017; Lotty et al., 2020; Paul-Ward et al., 2014; Smith, 2022).The purpose of the present capstone project was to provide foster parents at a local specialized foster care agency with an educational toolkit in order to bridge the gap in knowledge foster parents perceive having. The educational toolkit encompassed topics related to occupational therapy’s scope of practice and provided parents with strategies to use at home that aimed to improve the foster child’s overall well-being.


Foster Care; Foster Parent Education; Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy | Social Work

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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